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first_imgAfter Effects is a powerful program that can be fantastic as an online and finishing tool with a only few changes in your preparation and workflow.A few months ago, Oliver Peters did a fantastic post about the benefits of using After Effects as a finishing tool. He covered a lot of the benefits – significantly more powerful typography and design tools, larger library of effects, powerful nesting/precomping, and even glossed over others, like better keyframe control, 3D object abilities, easy motion blur, time remapping and frame interpolation – you get the idea.What he doesn’t cover is the specifics of an After Effects finishing workflow…but you’re in luck! I’ve been using this workflow for several years.I initially started doing it because I was creating videos for a specific non-standard aspect ratio being projected by a set of image blended projectors. All of my videos had to be cropped to 2048×768, and at the time I was editing in FCP7, so all of my videos had to be formatted for this aspect ratio in After Effects. I loved the power and flexibility of the workflow so much that I kept on doing it after we moved back to a standard 1920×1080. It became even easier when I moved to Premiere Pro as my primary NLE.There are a few things I’ve learned along the way with prepping a timeline in Premiere (or whatever NLE you use) for finishing in After Effects, and they might be good things to consider if you decide to try out this workflow. All of the following suggestions are built around using Premiere’s Dynamic Link to send to After Effects, but most of them still apply if you’re using an XML and After Effects’ built in “Pro Import” command.1. Use Placeholders for TextBelieve it or not, After Effects can’t actually read the actual content of titles from Premiere. It doesn’t just ignore font and formatting like Automatic Duck used to when coming from FCP; After Effects completely replaces the text with a black solid. No actual title data is carried over. What are carried over are effects, keyframes, changes to the motion parameters, and timings (in and out points). After Effects also carries over the name of the text layer. This is the best workaround for text content: Name your title in Premiere with the full content of the text you want at that spot and After Effects will make that the name of the black solid. Then you can just copy and paste the name to a new text layer, and use the black solid for timing the in and out points. Here’s a timeline that had a ton of overlay and full screen graphics. Every pink layer is a separate graphic (click image for larger view).In my workflow, I don’t even bother with the content of the title tool. With my first text layer, I make the title show the word “placeholder”, name the title layer what the content should be, and place it. This is what every layer in the above timeline said:Then, all I have to do for the next title is duplicate the first one (for speed, I’ve mapped this to the shortcut CMD+D in Premiere to match After Effects). When you duplicate a layer in Premiere it automatically selects the layer and puts you into rename mode. Just paste or type whatever the content of the new layer should be, drag or insert/overwrite it into your timeline, adjust the timing and transition needed and there you go. No more messing with Premiere’s clunky title tool: Instead you can use After Effect’s significantly more powerful typography tools!2. Keep Tracks to a Minimum and Stay Vertically Organized in PremiereWhen you send from Premiere, After Effects lines up your clips by tracks. The tracks stay in the correct order (top to bottom, not numerically), and each track staggers/stair-steps down before starting the next track. This is important to take note of because editors tend to group things together vertically, like B-roll on upper tracks or titles above the shot it should go over. When you make the move to After Effects, even though the layer order is technically correct, since After Effects doesn’t have tracks they won’t be grouped so closely together. You may have to manually re-order the layers to suit the groupings you prefer (I always do this because it helps me keep my comp organized in the long run). Keeping tracks to a minimum (similar to collapsing or using a minimum number of tracks before sending to a color grading application) keeps these groupings easier to find and makes for a more organized comp.Designating specific tracks for specific items helps with the move and organization in After Effects. I generally use V1 for my storyline (interviews, primary narrative, etc.), V2 for all of my b-roll, V3 for all of my titles/graphics (unless I need to stack them for one reason or another), and V4 for any overlays (film flashes and light leaks, film grain, alpha matte transitions, etc.). This is all subject to change depending on the needs of my edit, but it’s a good template to stick to for me. When I move to After Effects, all of these things stay grouped together vertically.3. Use Dynamic Link, But Don’t Trust ItDynamic Link is a fantastic way to get from Premiere to After Effects. Unfortunately, it can cause problems if used too frequently, if it’s been too long since the project was open, if some source files move, if you sneeze too hard – you get the idea. I’ve heard of and seen Premiere project files and sequences get corrupted or glitched. In small uses it works, but frequent large uses can be risky.Another issue specific to the After Effects offline workflow is changes. When you use Dynamic Link, your timeline in Premiere is replaced with a linked comp. What if you need to make some editing changes? You could do them in After Effects (maybe), but it would be a total pain.My suggestion? Do one of two things:Duplicate your timeline before you send to After Effects so that you have an un-replaced version you can use for any necessary changes, which has the added bonus of leaving the linked comp in Premiere.You can send to After Effects and after it’s all done transferring you go back to Premiere and “undo” the send to AE. The linked comp is deleted, which prevents project corruption, but After Effects keeps the timeline you sent. All you do is output from AE instead of rendering in Premiere. This is my preferred option.4. Export an Audio MixdownAfter Effects is obviously not focused on audio, so working with sound in AE can be frustrating.. So, instead of sending a bunch of audio layers to After Effects (and we all know the crazy amount of audio tracks you can end up with), do your audio mixing in Premiere or a dedicated audio program, then export a WAV file mixdown and bring that into After Effects. That way you’ve only got one audio track that’s already been mastered to deal with in After Effects. You’ll also have all of the pieces you need to do your final export from After Effects, which is the point of the workflow to begin with!I hope these tips help save you some headache as you move to After Effects for all of your finishing needs!last_img read more

first_imgThis video was created by MacBreakStudio. Thanks for sharing guys!Have any tips for animating logos in Motion?Share in the comments below. The following video tutorial demonstrates a solid workflow for creating an animated logo in Motion.Apple Motion is a powerful motion graphic design software specially designed for functionality with Final Cut Pro. While arguably not as powerful as software such as Adobe After Effects or The Foundry’s Nuke, Motion still serves as a great tool for people who desire to make professional quality motion graphics or composites.Is most of your motion graphics work for corporate clients? If so,  knowing how to create awesome motion logos is imperative. In the following video, the guys from MacBreak Studio show you how to use Motion to create an animated logo. The video covers:Layers and animationZoomingUsing shape layersEditing gradient layersDuplicating layersUsing the replicatorRoundness parametersUsing the font editorlast_img read more

first_imgMaterialsThe materials you can use to bounce light vary greatly — sometimes, the locations themselves determine what you can use: a ceiling, white muslin, foam insulation. Typically, when you’re using bounce sources, you’ll want to ensure that the bounce won’t affect the color quality of your light. For example, if you’re in a room with slightly yellow walls, once you bounce your light off of them, your lighting become slightly yellow, too.If you want to bring in your own bounce material for more color control, one of the best (and easiest) things you can use is white foam insulation from any home improvement store. This versatile material is easy to work with, and it can even help you bounce the sun to even out your lighting. This material has become a filmmaking staple, and you’ll find it on practically every professional set.Bounced lighting can really improve the look and feel of your work. It’s super easy to work with, and in many cases, it doesn’t cost you anything. Essentially, bounced lighting boils down to understanding that the larger the light source, the softer its spread.Looking for more info on lighting? Check out these articles.Production Tip: Why Reducing Light Is as Important as Adding ItWhat You Need to Know About High Key vs. Low Key LightingCinematography Tip: Lighting Your Production with the Inverse Square LawLearn How to Enhance Your Film with Ambient LightThree Ways To Light A Tent Scene On a Low Budget Bounce LightBouncing light is the process of redirecting a main light source onto a reflective or “bounce” surface, essentially taking your spotted and harsh light and turning it into an area light. You can bounce light off of anything from a white wall to a drop ceiling to a piece of white bead board. By bouncing your light onto a new material, this material becomes the larger light source — not the lighting fixture. Bounced light will usually be “larger,” creating a much softer throw and spread. Which makes it more pleasing to the eye.Limited SpaceBounced Light is perfect in small spaces that can’t accommodate a lot of equipment. Let’s say you’re shooting in a cramped office environment. You barely have enough room to set a light, let alone fly in a 4×4 frame of diffusion material. To combat this, you can easily bounce your lighting.By simply shooting your light into the ceiling or onto an adjacent white wall and using that as your light source, you fill the room with a beautiful, soft, and even bounced light. This is an incredibly simple process that can produce outstanding results. Even a simple bounced source can make the lighting on your subject far more cinematic. Bounced light can soften your lighting without the use of diffusion materials, flags, or extra stands. Take a look at how it’s done.Cover image via Komsil.Bouncing light is a fascinating-yet-simple concept that can instantly elevate your cinematography. In this article, we’ll take a look at how bouncing light can help improve your shoot in ways you haven’t even considered.last_img read more

first_imgWho takes the action is as important as the action being taken.Two people can both call on the same prospective client. One of them can have deep business acumen and situational knowledge, while the other lacks both of these. The results will be as different as you might imagine, with one succeeding, and the other failing. It’s important that you be someone who knows how to create value and make a difference.Two salespeople can both have a face-to-face sales call with that same dream client. One of them is an exceptionally good listener, is prepared, and has carefully crafted questions that will help them and their prospect discover things together. The other is winging it, hoping to make a connection. The professional always outperforms the amateur.Two different people both want success. One is an optimistic, abundance-minded person who believes that opportunity is limitless. This person believes that their success is going to take hard work and dedication, but that that success is inevitable. The other person is a scarcity-minded person who waits for luck to find them and bestow upon them her riches. Your attitude and your belief systems are your operating system. It can’t be full of viruses.Actions alone doesn’t always dictate the results. The reason some people produce better results is that they have done the work to become someone who can generate those better results. They worked harder and longer than others were willing to so they could become a person who can produce the results you see, even though you didn’t see the years of work they put into chipping away at the parts that weren’t the best version of themselves.Who you are counts for more than what you do. You have to be someone worth buying from, someone worth doing business with, someone who acts a positive force. Character counts for far more than any tactics, tricks, or hacks you might be tempted to employ to produce better results faster. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now It starts with an email. Well, not really an email from you, but an email from marketing made to look like it was from you. That email ended up in a spam filter, and your prospective client deleted it, along with a few more that looked a lot like it. This is the starting point of the experience, and it offers no real chance for the establishing of a relationship.It continues with another email. Like the email before it, there are links, the clicking of which is alleged to provide an indication of honest to goodness interest in you and your company. So far, the experience hasn’t been too great for you or your prospective client.In an act of desperation, you call your prospective client, and you leave a message asking them to call you back and leaving your phone number. For some reason, you have decided to give the task of connecting with you to the person you are actually trying to sell. No one understands why they should have to return a salesperson’s call, and your client, unmoved, deletes your voice mail.Back to email. Nothing. Back to voice mail. Nothing. Then, an answered telephone. Yes!You ask your prospective client if you can stop by, introduce yourself, and share all the ways that your company helps their clients, along with the story about how they hung both the Sun and the Moon in the sky. Your prospective client, with the slightest bit of interest, agrees to a meeting.You show up prepared. You have your slide deck, and you have your talking points. You also have questions you intend to use to elicit your prospective client’s needs. She says, “Tell me a little about you and your company.” You launch PowerPoint, and you begin at the beginning, history, buildings, locations, logos . . . your client, stifling a yawn, feigns interest. Then, you ask, “So, what keeps you up at night?”Fortunately, your prospective client has real issues, and she hopes you can help. So she lays out all of her challenges. Lacking an SME, you take meticulous notes, promising to get back to your prospective client with some answers, and you promise to schedule an appointment to bring someone with you to your next meeting. Your client asks, “Can you send me a proposal and some pricing?” You, anxiously agree.You send the pricing and the proposal by email, as requested. Your client gives it a very quick glance, and she leaves it in her inbox. She’s not sure she likes it. She’s not sure she doesn’t like it. She doesn’t know if she wants to show it to the rest of her team, or the leadership team who would need to approve any decision to buy from you.So, not hearing anything, you take the bold move of sending an email to follow up.This is a cautionary tale. There are good reasons for you to control the sales process, and chief among them is the buyer’s experience buying from you.last_img read more

first_imgThe Congress on Friday demanded that President Pranab Mukherjee dismiss Goa Governor Mridula Sinha for committing “constitutional impropriety” and “dereliction of duty”.The opposition party latched on to Sinha’s admission in an interview that she consulted Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before inviting the BJP for government formation in the State.“We urge the President of India to exercise his powers under Article 156 (1) and immediately dismiss the Governor of Goa for abdicating her Constitutional responsibilities and oath of secrecy,” Congress leader Pratap Singh Bajwa said.He said the President of India has already dismissed the Arunachal Pradesh Governor for similar acts of impropriety, saying this will act as a deterrent to other governors to work within constitutional limits.Bajwa said the Supreme Court has reiterated that it is the duty of the Governor to “act judiciously” while exercising their powers under Article 164 at the time of appointing the Chief Minister.“However, the atrocious admission of Governor Sinha conclusively proves that her actions were politically motivated under the clear instructions of the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley,” he told reporters.Putting forth the Congress’ demands, the party’s Rajya Sabha MP said these revelations demonstrate that the act of the governor to consult the finance minister and not the President of India “is a serious matter of constitutional impropriety and an unpardonable dereliction of duty“.He asked that since the finance minister could not have advised the governor in government formation, “why should the Prime Minister not take action against the Finance Minister?.” “Or are we to assume that he was authorised by the dirty tricks department of the BJP?” he asked.The Congress leader cited an interview of Sinha where she made the “startling and audacious revelation”, and “shockingly accepted that she consulted Union Minister Arun Jaitley” to invite the BJP for government formation in the State.“This proves that BJP manufactured the Goa majority while the Governor acted in cahoots with the central leadership in Delhi,” he said.On Sinha’s claim that she heard that Congress could not elect their Legislature party leader nor get enough support, Bajwa asked “where did she hear it from? Did she hear it from anybody in the Congress party or was it ‘Akashwani’?” “How can she take such a decision without consulting the Honourable President of India or without studying its legal ramifications?” he asked.He said under the established convention in such a scenario, the Governor should have approached the President and submitted a report to him seeking guidance for the way forward.“Rather than consulting the President of India or the Attorney General of India, she consulted the Union Finance Minister who is a party in this case, hence indulging in massive Constitutional impropriety,” he alleged.The Congress party also alleged that the Constitution is left “bruised and battered, as yet again the BJP subverts the Governor for their own petty gains”.last_img read more

first_imgAhmedabad crime branch refused to arrest Hardik Patel and his supporters in a case filed last week for rioting and arson at a BJP municipal councillor’s residence in the city. On Monday, Hardik and his dozen odd supporters, who too are named in the case, approached the crime branch to surrender but they were turned away on the grounds that the investigation officer (IO) in the case was out of station. “Mr.Patel was required to present himself before us every Monday. So, Mr. Patel asked us to arrest him and others but as the IO (investigating officer) is out of station, we told him we will do it later,” assistant commissioner of police(ACP) B. C. Solanki said. On March 20, Ramol police station in Ahmedabad lodged a rioting and arson case against Mr. Patel and 59 other Patel quota agitators for creating a ruckus outside the house of BJP councillor, who lodged the case against the agitators. After the FIR was lodged, the local police station arrested 13 persons named in the FIR while the case was handed over to the special agency Crime Branch, which had earlier booked Hardik and others in sedition case.last_img read more

first_imgThe crisis within the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) government in Nagaland has further deepened with Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu sacking 10 of his parliamentary secretaries following a demand for his removal, an official said on July 9, 2017.The development comes as former Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang on July 8, 2017 wrote to Governor P.B. Acharya and staked claim to form a new government. He claimed he has the support of 33 NPF legislators and seven Independent legislators. In the wake of the demand for his removal, Mr. Liezietsu, who is also the NPF chief, terminated four NPF legislators and six Independent legislators, as parliamentary secretaries.The Nagaland government issued notifications terminating the appointment of Mr. Zeliang as Advisor (Finance) and Mr. Nuklotoshi as Advisor to Chief Minister.Apart from sacking the legislators, the NPF Disciplinary Action Committee which met on July 8, 2017 also suspended 10 legislators as primary and active members of the party.Those suspended include Home Minister Yanthungo Patton, Power Minister Kipili Sangtam, National Highway and Political Affairs Minister G. Kaito Aye, Forest and Environment Minister Imkong L. Imchen, besides, Shetoyi, Nuklutoshi, Deo Nukhu, Naiba Konyak, Benjongliba and Mr. Zeliang. Mr. Zeliang along with 41 legislators are camping at Borgos resort in Kaziranga National Park in Assam to discuss the transition of power. “All 41 of us are intact and we are waiting only for Governor Acharya to invite Zeliang to form the government,” Forest and Environment Minister Imkong L. Imchen told IANS.“We don’t care about (suspension from the party) it because those people who have signed the suspension order do not have the grassroots support,” Mr. Imchen said, while refusing to divulge further.Governor Acharya is in Maharashtra and he is expected to return to Nagaland in a few days.The fresh political instability has come at a time when Mr. Liezietsu is gearing up for the July 29 byelection from the Northern Angami-I assembly constituency. Mr. Liezietsu has however voiced confidence that the crisis within the NPF would be resolved at the earliest.Mr. Liezietsu was sworn in as Chief Minister on February 22, 2017 after Mr. Zeliang’s resignation following a violent protest by tribal groups who were opposed to his move to hold civic polls with 33% reservation for women.The Chief Minister said that he was deeply pained by the recent disturbing developments affecting the normal functioning of the government.“The current issue is within the NPF party and will be resolved at the earliest to bring about normalcy in the state. The mandate of the people will be respected and the present crisis will be resolved in the larger interest of the people of the state,” Mr. Liezietsu stated.Noting that the NPF-led government will complete its full term, the beleaguered Chief Minister appealed to the people of the state to remain calm.In his letter to the Governor, Mr. Zeliang said “The legislators also urged the present Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu, who is a non-legislator, to resign and pave way for me (Mr. Zeliang) to take over as the Chief Minister.”Claiming support of 34 (including himself) out of the 47 NPF legislators, he also told Mr. Acharya that seven Independent legislators have also affirmed their support in his favour.The legislators wanted him to continue as leader of NPF legislature party and also authorised him to stake claim to form a new NPF-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland government.In the truncated 59-member Assembly, the ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland coalition government comprises 47 NPF legislators, four BJP and eight Independents. The NPF MLAs include the 10 suspended legislators.Interestingly, Mr. Zeliang has even warmed up to his once bitter rival Neiphiu Rio, a three-time Nagaland Chief Minister. Mr. Rio, the lone Lok Sabha member from Nagaland, was suspended a couple of years back for “anti-party activities”, particularly against Mr. Zeliang.last_img read more

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved its order on the transit anticipatory bail plea of Honeypreet Insan, the adopted daughter of jailed Dera Sacha Dauda chief Ram Rahim, saying the “easiest way out” for her would be to surrender.Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, after hearing arguments on behalf of Honeypreet and the police of Delhi and Haryana, said she would pass an order on it.The order is likely to be pronounced later on Tuesday.“The easiest way out for you would be to surrender,” the court observed.Honeypreet has been on the run since the conviction of Ram Rahim in two rape cases. She is facing a case of sedition for allegedly inciting violence in Haryana after the Dera chief’s conviction.Transit anticipatory bail plea is meant to seek protection against arrest during transit. In this case, Honeypreet is seeking bail for her transit from Delhi to Haryana to join the investigation in the sedition case.“A ploy to do ‘forum shopping’.”During the hearing, the Haryana police opposed the filing of her plea in the Delhi High Court, saying it was “a ploy to do ‘forum shopping’.”The Delhi Police also alleged that Honeypreet should have approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, rather moving the Delhi High Court.The police of Delhi and Haryana opposed her plea for anticipatory bail for three weeks on the ground that the court of competent jurisdiction would be in Haryana.Honeypreet’s lawyer contended that her life was in danger in Haryana and that is why she has moved Delhi High Court seeking protection from arrest till she moves a court in the neighbouring State. The lawyer said she would join the probe if she was protected.last_img read more

first_imgIqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, media advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has clarified that India’s posture on the Rohingya refugees would not impact the friendly relations between the two neighbouring countries.“Our relations are based on mutual trust and cooperation at all levels, and so an external problem cannot disturb it,” Mr. Chowdhury said during an interaction with journalists here on Saturday. He conceded that there was an initial confusion about India’s position on issues of ‘persecution of Rohingyas’ in Myanmar and massive influx of refugees in Bangladesh. “Now we see India is calling for permanent resolution to conflicts in Myanmar and adopting a humanitarian approach by sending relief to refugees stranded in Bangladesh,” he said.Mr. Chowdhury said that 5.5 lakh Rohingyas had so far entered southeastern districts of Bangladesh since the latest cycle of violence erupted in Rakhine province of Myanmar. Over six lakh Rohingya refugees were already stranded in Bangladesh and that took the total number to 12 lakh, he said.The veteran journalist stated that the present crisis was different from what had happened in the past. “Earlier there was turmoil and tension, resulting in Rohingya exodus, but now they are being driven out in a planned manner – killing, burning villages and crops, terrorising people with rapes and torture,” he said.During interaction with newsmen he supported apprehension that external forces and terrorist cells could try to exploit sentiment of ‘stateless Rohingya’ to engage them in subversive activities.“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has time and again made it clear that Bangladesh was providing relief and shelter to the evacuees on humanitarian ground and any rebellious activities in the relief camps would be tolerated”, Mr. Chowdhury stated.last_img read more

first_imgWith the dispute over Mahanadi river water sharing between Odisha and Chhattisgarh reaching a flashpoint, experts and civil society groups have urged the two governments to discuss all the contentious issues for a meaningful solution.At the second Odisha river conference, which concluded on Monday, experts said competitive politics over the Mahanadi water sharing was only making the matter complicated.A group of civil society organisations, river and water experts and academics from across the country and the two States gathered here to build an Inter-State Cooperation Framework for the resolution of the Mahanadi river water dispute.Politics over conflicts“There have been a lot of politics and inter-State river water conflicts in the country. But in the process of fighting, let the rights of the river as an ecological entity not get snatched. While the dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh is rife, it is unfortunate that both the States are treating the Mahanadi as a commodity and not a natural resource,” said Ranjan Panda, the convenor of Water Initiatives Odisha.“No doubt Chhattisgarh has constructed many dams and barrages without the consent of Odisha and has obstructed a lot of water, but that does not mean we can conclude that Chhattisgarh has siphoned off water from Odisha’s share,” said Mr. Panda.“We need a comprehensive understanding and analysis of the impacts of all these structures and availability of water in the basin. Let the tribunal decide how to make such an analysis and instruct Chhattisgarh to stop these obstructions if they are illegal,” Mr. Panda said, urging the two States not to close the door on dialogue.Internationally renowned climate change expert Saroj Dash hoped good sense would prevail and the two States would climb down from their stand and make space for dialogue. “The premise for the discussion should be cooperation, not conflict,” Mr. Dash said.“We don’t need either Odisha-centric or Chhattisgarh-centric approach. People’s rights on the river should be the guiding principle for dialogue,” said Premananda Panda, an academic.Mahanadi, the sixth largest river in India, originates from Chhattisgarh and enters the Bay of Bengal travelling 851 km, of which 357 km lies in Chhattisgarh and 494 km in Odisha. Odisha has been grumbling that the Mahanadi is witnessing an 80% reduction of water flow in non-monsoon months while Chhattisgarh says it is only storing river water.last_img read more

first_imgAt least seven persons were killed in landslides at three places in the hill district of Tamenglong in Manipur in the wee hours on Wednesday, police said. The incidents took place between 2.30 am to 3.00 am at Tamenglong town, they said. Rescue operations are on with the help of the district administration and state police, a police officer said, adding poor accessibility of the area was causing hindrance to the operations. Unofficial reports said the victims were mostly children.last_img

first_imgFor centuries, physicists have made their living by illuminating the secrets of our universe, from gravity to electricity to black holes. But among the search for Higgs bosons and the endless unspooling of string theories, there remained a particularly glaring mystery: Why does a teakettle whistle? “Oh that,” they said, standing at their stoves in between bouts of programming supercomputers. “Vibrations. Or something.” Now, we are happy to report, human intellect has at last triumphed over the dark shadow of ignorance and solved the conundrum lurking within one of our lowest-tech kitchen appliances. After years ensconced in the ivory tower of the University of Cambridge in in the United Kingdom, a team of researchers has emerged with an accurate mathematical model of a teakettle’s whistle. It has not one but two phases, they tell us. The first begins as the steam is forced into a jet by the kettle’s narrow spout; as the rushing air is compressed and then escapes into your kitchen, it vibrates with the frequency of a welcoming whistle. But the water inside the kettle is still boiling, sending more and more steam through the spout at faster and faster speeds. When the flow speed passes a certain point, tiny whirlpools form in the steam and radiate sound waves that eventually overtake the original vibrations. The new model is so accurate that physicists can now predict the pitch of any kettle’s whistle. And having solved another mystery of our vast but perhaps ultimately knowable universe, they smile and sip their tea.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

first_imgPHYSICSStudies of non-hydrodynamic processes in inertial confinement fusion implosions on OMEGA and the National Ignition FacilityHans Rinderknecht Fat is the key to emulsions like mayonnaise. So how do you make them low-fat but still creamy? Read more … CHEMISTRYCarbon nanofibers’ flammability and explosionJiaqi Zhang Drug abuse recovery requires a social network. But how you interact with the network matters. Read more … Life is stressful for plants. It turns out that extra-small proteins help them chill. Read more … SOCIAL SCIENCEThe “discovery” of the Pacific: International relationships within the Spanish oceanic continentDavid Manzano Cosano Ever wonder how biologists use RNA sequencing from cytoplasm to decode a cell’s stress response? Or how about how astronomers use heterodyne arrays with superconducting mixers to observe the birth of stars? Rather than reading a paper about it, why not watch a dance? A ballet and a modern dance on those very topics have made it into the finals of this year’s “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest.It was a tight race among this year’s 21 Ph.D. dance submissions. The previous winners of the contest scored each of them on their scientific and artistic merits, and these 12 finalists made the cut. Now it’s a dance-off between the sciences, including a tango based on robot collision avoidance, an acrobatic spectacle based on soil ecology, and, in one of the most meta Ph.D. dances ever, a hip-hop dance about the anthropology of hip-hop.A panel of esteemed scientists, artists, and educators are judging the finalists now to choose the winners.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The winners—and audience favorite—will be announced on 3 November.CHEMISTRYHigh pressure homogenisation for emulsions fat reductionSaioa Alvarez How can you build a motor so small that it runs inside a cell? Read more … In the scramble among European empires to colonize the Pacific Ocean, science played a key role. Read more … PHYSICSTime-critical cooperative path following of multiple multirotors UAVsVenanzio Cichella SOCIAL SCIENCEPerforming difference and diversity through embodiment and narrative: An ethnography of hip hop dancers in New York, Osaka, and PerthLucas Marie A heart attack not only scars your heart. It actually scars your genome. Read more … BIOLOGYEpigenetics of cardiac ischemia-reperfusion-injuryIna Kirmescenter_img SOCIAL SCIENCEPeer support groups for substance misuse: Understanding engagement with the groupAlina Sotskova Stars are being born throughout the galaxy, but observing them through their soupy clouds is tricky. Read more … Tornadoes may not be 100% bad after all, at least for tree reproduction. Read more … BIOLOGYAlterations to plant-soil feedbacks after severe tornado disturbanceUma Nagendra Carbon nanofibers don’t tend to explode. That is, until iron gets involved. Read more … Dancing close to other people is easy for humans, very hard for robots. Read more … PHYSICSHeterodyne arrays for terahertz astronomyJenna Kloosterman Get small atoms hot and crowded enough and you get fusion. But atoms behave strangely. Read more … CHEMISTRYPeptide in motionClaudia Poloni BIOLOGYUnravelling the biological role of novel, stress-induced peptides in Arabidopsis thalianaPatrizia Tavormina What is hip hop culture? How is it evolving in different contexts around the world? Read more …last_img read more

first_imgThe report advises NIH to follow an Institute of Medicine report this past June recommending changes to the design and leadership of the troubled National Children’s Study (NCS), a plan to track the health of 100,000 babies to adulthood. But the bill also says that $165 million allocated this year for the study could also be spent on “research related to the Study’s goals and mission” at NIH institutes.The fate of the NCS will likely be decided later this week at a meeting of the NIH director’s advisory committee, where a working group will recommend whether to launch the full study.To see all of our stories on the 2015 budget, click here.*Update, 11 December, 10:42 a.m.: The $25 million increase in the BRAIN Initiative has been added to this item. Although the massive 2015 spending agreement reached by Congress last night gives the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a flat budget, it contains modest increases for a few programs within the agency. An accompanying report also contains several directives that biomedical research advocates are eyeing warily.The $150 million increase, a mere 0.5% boost over the $29.9 billion it received last year, still leaves NIH below its budget level in 2012 before sequestration took a 5% bite, note biomedical research advocates. It falls short of the $606 million increase that a Senate spending subcommittee had approved and is less than the White House’s request of $211 million. “We appreciate any increase, but it’s not getting the job done. We’re going backwards,” says Jennifer Zeitzer, deputy director of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology’s Office of Public Affairs in Bethesda, Maryland.The bill singles out a few areas for larger increases. The National Institute on Aging gets a $28.6 million increase, or a 2.4% raise to $1.2 billion. “[A] significant portion” of the new money should go to Alzheimer’s disease depending on the quality of grant proposals, says a report accompanying the bill. Some institutes also received a boost as part of a $25 million increase for the Obama administration’s BRAIN Initiative, which receives a total of $65 million.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The bill also tags $12.6 million for a new pediatric research initiative that Congress created earlier this year by passing the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. The program is supposed to be funded through a checkoff box on tax returns that funds political conventions. But apparently Congress decided to get it started by including money in NIH’s budget, says David Moore, senior director for government relations at the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C.Separately, the bill gives NIH $238 million for Ebola research and vaccine development as part of a government-wide $5.2 billion emergency bill for Ebola.One recent concern about NIH’s budget—that each year some money is skimmed off for other Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies—is remedied in the bill. It says that the $700 million that NIH is set to contribute to the “tap” this year will come back as $715 million for the agency. (After this accounting maneuver, NIH still receives only a total of $150 million more than last year, however.) Other HHS agencies that previously received part of their budgets from this tap will instead get direct appropriations, Moore notes.The report also directs NIH to pay more attention to the age at which new NIH investigators receive their first research grant, now 42 on average. NIH “is directed to develop a new approach with actionable steps to reduce” that age. The language echoes a controversial proposal from Representative Andy Harris (R–MD), a member of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, that would require NIH to lower the age of first R01 by 4 years within a decade, but lacks that specific target.Lawmakers also address a perennial concern: that the amount NIH spends on specific diseases doesn’t take into account the burden that disease creates or death rates. The report “urges NIH to ensure research dollars are invested in areas in which American lives may be improved.” It also tells NIH “to prioritize Federal funds for medical research over outreach and education,” apparently a reference to a grant for making a nutrition video game that Harris has criticized as less important than disease research.Biomedical advocates generally feel NIH should set research priorities based on the quality of research proposals, not disease burden or other criteria laid out by Congress. And although they worry about the aging of new investigators, they have reservations about Harris’s solutions. “What we’re seeing here is the committee expressing some concerns and setting some expectations,” Moore says. “It’s not certain what the next steps will be, but it’s something we will be watching very closely.”Other details:NIH’s complementary medicine institute will get a new name. Now called the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the bill replaces those last two words with “Integrative Health.” The report says this is because interventions such as dietary supplements and spinal manipulation therapy are now so widely used, they are no longer alternatives but instead are part of medical care.last_img read more

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first_imgSometimes a story is so amazing that you want to give it three beginnings – if that were possible. Let’s try.*Subhankar Banerjee, armed with a camera, spent 14 months traveling 3,000 miles on foot and by snowmobile in the Arctic icebox, with temperatures below -40 degrees F. with wind chills of 60 mph. He ate moose, caribou and whale meat and nearly lost his toes to frost bite. He used up all his savings, including his 401Ks, to finance this trip. *Having never ever published even one photo, Subhankar Banerjee suddenly had a book contract for his images; President Jimmy Carter wrote the introduction to his book and famous names in conservation wrote the essays; and to top it all, the prestigious Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History mounted a solo exhibition of his work.*Can a book become a political football between Conservationists and the proponents of oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge? After Senator Barbara Boxer held up Subhankar Banerjee’s book on the Senate floor to rally opposition to oil exploration, the Smithsonian pedaled backwards on its commitment to the show, stirring up a national hullabaloo covered in every major media.There you have it – all the high drama of a simple Calcuttan’s life! And to think that all Banerjee had wanted to do was shoot images of polar bears in their natural habitat. The first venture of this unknown photographer into the Arctic National Wildlife certainly snowballed into something far bigger than the Arctic he was exploring.It also changed his life.Banerjee, 36, was born in Bahrampure near Calcutta. As a child, he did not shoot pictures with the mandatory Brownie camera – his passion was painting, inspired by a grand uncle who was a noted artist. He recalls, “I wanted to pursue painting seriously, but having grown up in a middle income family, you don’t really become a painter and make a living of that. So I pursued the path of science.” After receiving a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering he moved to the United States where he obtained master’s degrees in physics and computer science. While studying at New Mexico State University, Banerjee fell in love with the wide-open spaces of the Southwest.Always involved in the outdoors, Banerjee pursued his passion for backpacking, mountaineering, skiing and kayaking. He joined the Sierra Club, a large national conservation organization, even as he worked as a scientist, first at Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico and then at Boeing in Seattle. Around this time he started shooting pictures and as he recalls, “I picked up a large 35 mm camera – one camera, one lens – just point and shoot. But more than the photography, I fell in love with the outdoors. From that point on I was trying to figure out how I could combine art and outdoors in a career but it took me ten years from that point on to leave my scientific background.”His first quest to photograph polar bears in Churchill, Canada, was a disappointment: there were almost more photographers than bears! Looking for a really remote place, he started communicating with biologists in the Arctic Refuge in Alaska, and found that this was an incredibly remarkable place with a tremendous diversity of wildlife.Indeed, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is America’s Serengeti, comprising 19.8 million acres of land in the northeast corner of Alaska with one of the most intact ecosystems with 36 species each of animals and fish, and over 180 species of birds, which converge from six continents. The once endangered muskox also lives here and gives birth to its young on the coastal plain and 300,000 snow geese land here every autumn. It is home to indigenous people who depend on the land for survival.“I started researching how much of it has been actually documented and realized the only documentation that existed was of the summer months,” says Banerjee: “.So I felt this was an opportunity to go up there and document this place during all the seasons, including an extensive winter, which is very harsh up there.”Banerjee went there in March 2001, starting with his own savings for this very expensive project costing over a quarter of a million dollars. He recalls, “I dropped in every penny of my lifetime saving,s which was about $80,000, including my 401Ks.” He was able to raise about $60,000 through foundations and organizations and the book advance, but says he’s over $100,000 in debt.When he first landed in the bone-chilling remote Arctic, which can only be reached by small plane, he panicked. “I’m like, what am I doing here? It’s an extremely harsh place. I thought that I probably wouldn’t survive, forget about photography! But my guide Robert Thompson and his wife Jane started reassuring me that though things would get worse, I would survive. And I did. I started taking baby steps and over a period of time I learned how to live and work there.” As he traveled the brutal terrain with his Inupiat Indian guide, camping on the coastal plain and exploring the Arctic coast by raft and kayak, Banerjee saw the persistence of life in the harshest of climates, convincing him of the utter necessity of preserving this magnificent wilderness. Even as his images developed, so did his commitment to the land.“During the harsh winter months when the temperature drops to minus 40 F or lower, not only does life thrive here, but new life is born. Some of my most powerful photographs were taken during the winter months in the hrefuge.”These images speak for themselves: a tiny Buff-breasted Sandpiper defiantly dancing in the snow, finding water even at 40 degrees below zero; the tracks of a polar bear and her cubs shown in relief on the snow; moose foraging for food in a snow-covered world which has always given it sustenance; and yes, images of an Inupiat Eskimo cemetery with whalebone monuments, testimony to a way of life which may fast disappear.Not surprisingly, these dramatic images and Banerjee’s utter belief in his work started to open doors. He got a book contract from The Mountaineer Books for Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land (Seattle, 2003) which has 120 images by Banerjee besides eight essays on his experiences.Along the way, his commitment won him the support of noted conservationists like Jane Goodall and Robert Redford. Six of the most illustrious conservationists wrote essays for the book and President Jimmy Carter wrote the introduction. Recalls Banerjee: “It was remarkable. Everyone that I approached, they believed in my work and joined forces. It was really the story of a dream come true.” His project won the support of The Alaska Wilderness League, The National Audubon Society, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, National Geographic Adventure†and the Blue Earth Alliance. He was also awarded the prestigious Alaska Conservation Foundation Daniel Housberg Wilderness Image Award.The 48-image exhibition of Banerjee’s photographs, which was sponsored and designed by Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, can be seen till September 2, 2003, albeit in a more low-key way. Whether from political pressure or a reluctance to put on an advocacy show, the Smithsonian has distanced itself by moving the show to the basement rather than in the rotunda, and by abbreviating the descriptive captions on the images.Banerjee believes there was a change of heart for the Smithsonian as the political pressure built up. “After Senator Boxer held up the book, used it in a floor debate and urged her colleagues to go see the exhibit, it happened. There was pressure to cancel the show, but they saved the show and made all these changes to the show.”Indeed, there was a hue and cry and even a Senate hearing. Yet, in a strange way, the controversy has actually helped the cause of conservation by giving it a media spotlight. Says Banerjee, “As you’re aware, the story came out in every major publication so it has given a tremendous amount of visibility for the exhibit, for my work and for the Refuge that none of us would have imagined.”Although it is not clear now whether the Smithsonian will do a traveling show, Banerjee does have a commitment from the Museum of Natural History in New York to open the show in November. He says, “This is a museum that I wouldn’t want to miss out, it takes 3 or 4 years to schedule any show in that museum. And they have communicated that they want long, descriptive texts on science and ecology too.”Has documenting endangered ecosystems become a mission for Banerjee? “This is what I will be doing for the rest of my life hopefully.” Although he is committed to traveling to the Arctic Refuge, which he has grown to love, he plans next to examine India’s forgotten places. “I’d like to look at more complex issues of land management because India has some of the most bio-diverse places on our planet, second only to the African continent or South America, yet very little knowledge of that exists.” Did he have any regrets about leaving the financial security of his job? “Not at all. This is something I have been dreaming of for ten years. This is not even something I had to even had to think about. It was already decided that this is the path I am following.” Yes, life has changed for Banerjee. After all, who can remain the same after seeing the Red Northern light in the sky? He recalls of this celestial display, “It was so intense that people saw it all the way in Alabama, Georgia, and California. They thought it was a terrorist attack!”Such unspoiled beauty and the privilege of documenting it has given Banerjee a new perspective on life. “I was extremely lucky to be at the right place at the right time. It has made me very humble and appreciate the simple things in life.”Currently Banerjee is on a lecture tour, which will take him to Chicago, Berkeley, San Francisco and New York during the month of June. He will spend the year traveling and speaking, building awareness of conservation. No matter where he goes, one image stays with him, a rare viewing of a mother bear and her cubs. “I am mesmerized at the sight: for the next half hour the bear and her cubs play on the bank, running, nuzzling, sharing moments of affection, before returning to the den.That evening the blizzard picks up again, with strong winds blowing snow across the flat delta. The next day we find the den covered with snow with no visible tracks to tell us whether the bears have already left the den for the sea ice.”In spite of camping out in blizzard conditions for the next 29 days, Subhankar Banerjee never saw the bears again. He would like to ensure that the world continues to see them.   Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgThe Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) signed an agreement worth $1 billion with the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) of India to facilitate the flow of foreign capital for infrastructure development in the country. ADIA, one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world, will become the first institutional investor in NIIF’s Master Fund and a shareholder in National Investment and Infrastructure Limited, the NIIF’s investment management company, the two companies announced on Oct. 16.“We are proud to have ADIA as our founding partner, and grateful for its support and contributions to date, and we now look forward to announcing further agreements with other investors,” Sujoy Bose, the chief executive officer of NIIF, said, adding that the agreement paves the way for creating significant economic impact through investment in commercially viable infrastructure development projects. The collaboration with ADIA aims to develop an investment structure that is attractive to international investors as well as aligned with NIIF’s objectives.Besides the Indian government and the AIDA, six other domestic institutional investors — HDFC Standard Life Insurance, HDFC Asset Management, Housing Development Finance Corp, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance and Axis Bank — will also join the NIIF Master Fund. NIIF is a collaborative investment platform sponsored by the Government of India for international and Indian investors. The stake of the government in NIIF is 49 per cent, an attempt to make it attractive to sovereign wealth funds, as well as multilateral and bilateral investors.While NIIF will target a corpus of Rs 40,000 crore, the government has promised to invest Rs 20,000 crore to the fund.Khadem Al Rumaithi, the executive director of Real Estate & Infrastructure Department at Adia, said: “As a long-standing investor in India and in infrastructure globally, Adia welcomes the opportunity to be the first to partner with NIIF in a platform that is sure to be of interest to other long-term institutional investors.”“In parallel, ADIA will also continue to consider and pursue investments into Indian infrastructure opportunities that fall outside the scope of the NIIF, including taking minority stakes in high-quality Indian companies alongside aligned and reputable partners,” he added.ADIA has been investing funds on behalf of the Government of Abu Dhabi, and has invested in equities, fixed income and real estate in India, to create long-term value. It manages a global investment portfolio diversified across over 20 asset classes and sub-categories, and has invested $350 million in the renewable energy companies, ReNew Power and Greenko, in India. Related ItemsAbu Dhabi Indian infrastructureAbu Dhabi Investment Authority IndiaADIA National Investment and Infrastructure FundADIA NIIFlast_img read more